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Turkey resists U.S. call for Iran sanctions


Turkey resists U.S. call for Iran sanctions

President Barack Obama failed to win immediate new pledges of support from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday for U.S. goals toward Iran. At a news conference after his White House meeting, Erdogan stressed the role of diplomacy in persuading Iran to give up any nuclear ambitions it might have and made clear that Turkey does not see the need yet for new sanctions. "We believe that the role of Iran can only be changed through diplomacy," he said.


Ex-president was killed, judge rules

A Santiago judge on Monday charged six people in connection with the dictatorship-era death of former President Eduardo Frei, whose family has argued that he was poisoned and did not die from a stomach infection, as the original autopsy ruled. Alejandro Madrid, a judge with the Court of Appeals, said doctors connected to the army of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, as well as a former intelligence agent, had conspired to cause his death on Jan. 22, 1982, in Santiago.


President narrowly wins re-election

President Traian Basescu won a second five-year term by less than a percentage point, beating back a challenge from the Social Democratic candidate, Mircea Geoana. Election officials reported that Basescu of the Democratic Liberal Party won 50.33 percent to 49.66.


U.S. visa fraud scheme broken up

Authorities arrested 11 people Monday in an alleged U.S. work-visa scam that raked in more than $50 million from thousands of Brazilians since 2002. Some of those scammed went to the United States and wound up as illegal aliens because promised jobs didn't exist. Brazilians seeking temporary working visas were charged up to $15,000 each in what a statement from the U.S. Consulate called one of the largest cases of U.S. visa fraud ever. Similar schemes were uncovered in Russia, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Romania and the United Arab Emirates.

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Ex-state Senate leader convicted

A federal jury on Monday convicted former state Senate leader Joseph Bruno on two counts of corruption and acquitted him on five others. Bruno, once one of the state's most powerful politicians, was accused of denying New Yorkers his honest services while enriching himself in the amount of $3.2 million by using his state influence.


Cincinnati: A federal appeals court refused to delay the execution of condemned killer Kenneth Biros, 51, scheduled today to become the first person in the United States put to death with a single drug.

New York: The Pulitzer Prize Board on Monday elected its first member representing a primarily online news organization, Jim VandeHei, executive editor and co-founder of Politico.

Philippines: The government and a Muslim separatist group on Monday resumed talks that collapsed 16 months ago, restoring efforts to end a decadeslong rebellion that has claimed 120,000 lives.

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI will break with tradition and celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at 10 p.m. instead of midnight, the Vatican said.

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